Are you sick of taking cold showers? You don’t need to suffer anymore! Cates Heating and Cooling can repair or replace water heaters for residents of the Kansas City Metro Area. Since we tend to rely on hot water a lot in our homes, you won’t want to wait another minute to call Cates to get your hot water working again.

How Do Water Heaters Work?

When water enters your home, it is usually either cold or cool depending on the outside temperatures. Your water heater takes cold water and heats it for use throughout your home. Your dishwasher, washing machine, bathtub or shower, and sinks will all require hot water at some point, so water heaters are important.

It is hard to answer the question of how water heaters work, because each type of water heater is very different. Take a look at the different kinds of water heaters available below.

What Kind of Water Heater Is Right for You?

Before you try to decide on what kind of water heater to get, you should know the difference between each. There are three common types of water heaters that are found in most American homes: conventional storage, tankless, and heat pump water heaters.

Conventional Storage Water Heaters

Conventional storage water heaters have a reservoir that holds between 20 and 80 gallons of hot water that is then released to the tap when you turn on the hot water. Each time you use some of the hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank to replace it and keep the tank full. When you have used all the hot water in the tank, cold water will come out the hot water tap.

Unfortunately, conventional storage water heaters waste energy by heating the water even when the hot water tap isn’t running, because the water in the tank is constantly being heated. Some models are heavily insulated, which helps with heat loss, but not all models are.

Fuel sources for conventional storage water heaters include propane, electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil. These fuel sources power a heating element at the bottom of the of the tank, and as the heat rises, the water reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are a nice option, because they don’t require nearly as much space as a conventional storage water heater. These water heaters work by pulling in cold water, pulling it through a heating unit, and delivering the hot water directly to the part of the house that you need it in.

Tankless water heaters can provide a constant supply of hot water without the need to wait on the tank to refill. They are also more efficient than conventional storage water heaters because heat isn’t lost when hot water isn’t running.

You can use electricity or a gas burner to heat the water in a tankless system.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters use heat pumps to warm the water in a home. While heat pumps are traditionally used to heat air, they can also function as water heaters. Instead of creating heat, heat pump water heaters move heat into the water. This makes them two to three times more energy efficient than conventional tank water heaters.

Heat pump water heaters should be installed in warm rooms as they don’t work efficiently in cold spaces. Keep in mind that these can be used in conjunction with a conventional storage water heater, or they can be stand-alone water heaters.

Water Heater Repair or Replacement

If your water heater is no longer working properly or needs to be replaced, Cates Heating and Cooling is here to help. As experts in all things heating and cooling, Cates Heating and Cooling can send out a technician that quickly installs or repairs your water heater with ease.

If you are considering a new kind of water heater for your home, speak with your technician about what swapping out systems will entail. Technicians from Cates are always happy to help solve your cold water situations.

Call Cates Heating and Cooling today at 913-888-4470 for additional information about water heaters or to schedule a consultation.